Farmer from Chhatarpur tries to make CM hear him

The day when the Madhya Pradesh assembly was discussing farmers’ plight through an adjournment motion during lunch break a farmer Santosh from Chhatarpur tried to barge into chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s cavalcade.

-Team Absolute|Bhopal

The day when the Madhya Pradesh assembly was discussing farmers’ plight through an adjournment motion during lunch break a farmer Santosh from Chhatarpur tried to barge into chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s cavalcade.

The incident took place in Bhopal when Chouhan was on his way to the state assembly to participate in a discussion on the adjournment motion on the issue of farmers’ suicides across the state. The farmer has been identified as 50-year-old Santosh of Chandla village in Chhatrapur district.

According to Santosh, he tried to meet Chouhan on multiple occasions in the past but the chief minister’s security detail did not allow him to get close. “I tried meeting him in the past. I know that he meets people during his ‘jan sunwais’ (public hearings) but I had no other option but to stop his car today as I was not allowed to meet him,” Santosh said.

Santosh said also said that he owns five acres of land in Chandla village over which a high tension electricity cable has been constructed. Santosh said the state government has failed to award him compensation for the use of his land.

Following the incident, the Jehangirabad police took Santosh into preventive custody and the matter is being investigated.

According SHO Jehangirabad TS Thakur, Santosh tried to stop the chief minister’s car and the incident is being probed as a potential security breach.

Santosh said, “I wish to commit suicide by coming in front of chief minister’s carcade as I don’t have any option but to end his life. “ I don’t want to live as I have no other option but to die as years after the high tension line has been passed over my five acre agriculture land no compensation has been provided to me by the state government,” Santosh said.

Santosh who was caught hold by chief minister’s security personal during his attempt to barge into the carcade was shouting ‘mujhe panch lakh rupye de dau’ (give me five lakh rupees) so that I could do some alternative work for living of my family. “The state government could publish Narmada Seva Yatra advertisements in America but could not provide compensation to the farmer here,” he added.

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